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  • Samantha Major '23

Bringing Music to the Big Apple

The orchestra after performing at the Big Apple Music Festival!

Over Spring Break, SI’s orchestra and choir traveled more than 2,566 miles to New York City from San Francisco. There, they had a whirlwind trip full of sightseeing, show-watching, competing, and performing. Both groups got to see the Broadway show, “Funny Girl,” visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and in students’ freetime, explore all that NYC had to offer, including Times Square, Central Park, college campuses, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall.

The orchestra also had the opportunity to watch a jazz show performed by Tres Aguas & Music of Colombia featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center. Aside from getting a chance to watch performances, the orchestra also had their own agenda. After a clinic with NYU professor Stephanie Baer, the orchestra competed in the 2023 Big Apple Music Festival and won 2nd place.

Meanwhile, the choir had a busy schedule that included four rehearsals with several other school choirs. These rehearsals culminated in a performance at Lincoln Center with a professional orchestra and complex repertoire that spanned a wide spectrum of genres, making it a truly impressive performance.

After four days and four nights in New York City, SI’s orchestra and choir flew back to San Francisco just in time for their Spring Pops concert, which took place on April 27th and April 28th. It was a trip to remember and a wonderful experience for SI’s talented performers.

Samantha Major ’23 is a Vol. 71 Managing Editor

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